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Spotlight on Maggie Gourlay, Senior Engineering Manager at FireHydrant

The FireHydrant Team2021-03-01

Spotlight on the Women of FireHydrant

To celebrate Women's History Month in March and International Women's Day on March 8, 2021, we will be spotlighting our fabulous women of FireHydrant and some of our amazing customers too!

Name: Maggie Gourlay
When did you join FireHydrant? November 2020
What do you do at FireHydrant? Senior Engineering Manager

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I enjoy helping people work together to help our customers learn from their incidents using ideas such as chat-ops alongside their DevOps practices.

What are some ways working at FireHydrant challenged you and enabled you to grow?

As a small startup, early in our journey, I wear many hats and frequently am challenged to grow. Sometimes, I’m helping my team deliver value to our customers, sometimes I’m working with Jake to help us better support our customers, sometimes I’m lending insights from working within the incident management space itself.

What's your favorite FireHydrant story?

I’ve only been here a couple of months, but my favorite story thus far is around the second company update of 2021 Bobby, our CEO posted which said “With the shock of "It's January 2021? Holy crap" hopefully residing by this point, I wanted to reiterate a few things for all employees as we dive into the year:

Family, Friends, and then FireHydrant. This is the order of priorities I expect every employee here to have. Life happens, and I don't want anyone here to prioritize FireHydrant over their family and friends if they don't want to.

Not only is FireHydrant set up to help our customers be able to focus on their lives alongside their business, but we are also able to focus on being real people while making a great application.

Which women leaders do you admire and why?

Honestly, all of my math professors from Metropolitan State University count among female leaders I admire most. Mathematics is a very male-dominated field, and these women continued to pursue these careers in something they loved even though the pay isn’t great. They love to help people learn and grow in their appreciation of the beauty of math.

What women inspire you and why?

Women who inspire me come from every walk of life - and have managed to be the very best people they can, in whatever role they’re in. They are fearless, yet also compassionate, honest but kind, and rise to greatness based on their skill instead of any box society has put them in. They are mentors, students, parents, children, engineers, carpenters, and mathematicians.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date?

The answer to this question changes so frequently that my real answer is to continue to evolve and grow. Don’t assume that what works with one group of people will work with the next. Keep an open mind and assume the best in people, but also given solid feedback when needed.

What advice can you offer to women who want a career in tech?

Tech can be a great place for women in tech - but learn to advocate for yourself and your career goals. Negotiate on salary, let people know your career objectives, and lift each other up.

What are your favorite websites that you can be found browsing during your spare time?

I have recently been spending a lot of time learning about home building and maintenance so I spend a good portion of time on This Old House.

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